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Nicole Feighery, Customer Care Manager
Nicole Feighery is a Customer Care Manager at Chill Insurance. Nicole graduated from TCD with a degree in Natural Science. Throughout her time working in the financial services sector she has obtained a number of relevant qualifications and is currently studying towards a Management Diploma in Insurance.
I concentrated on sciences during school, science is all about finding answers to the unknown and my need to satisfy my own curiosity is what I believe makes me good at what I do. If there is a better way of doing something, I will endeavour to find it!
I finished my Leaving Certificate with all honours from Loreto secondary, from there I attended Trinity College, studying Natural Sciences and majoring in Microbiology. I left Trinity in 2007 with a 2:1 honours degree in Microbiology. During my working life in financial Services, I have completed my QFA diploma through the institute of bankers and continued to complete my APA in 2010 whilst working with Chill. I recently completed a level 7 QQI certificate in Contact centre management. I am continuing my studies with regard to Insurance through the management diploma in insurance, I have completed MDI- 01 and will continue with MDI 04 in may 2016.
When studying MDI 01 Insurance and Irish law, I found it very interesting and relevant to my current role. Particularly when dealing with complex insurance and complaint related issues, I found it gave me a better insight into the rights and responsibilities of each party and also more confidence when handling more technical issues.
Yes, I am passionate about learning, I actively encourage my team to commit to their studies by highlighting the benefits of continuous professional development. I will complete the MDI qualification which contributes towards credit for ACII.